Catherine D. Morffy Smith, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

My research interests revolve around the pathogenesis of bacterial infection and the resulting host immune response in the lung. Specifically, my research focuses on a bacterium, Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause pneumonia. I am interested in exploring the pathogenic mechanisms that allow K. pneumoniae to establish infection in the lung, as well as the host immune response to infection at this mucosal surface.